1. buzzbrockway says:

    I thought you were in the “anybody but McCain” camp? What changed?

    I must admit, I respect McCain’s firmness on the troop surge, but I’m not quite ready to say I’d vote for him.

  2. Erick says:

    I was. What changed is that I won’t vote for a social liberal like Rudy. Romney would be it. But I do not trust him to sell me down the river. I don’t care for McCain, but you generally know where stands on life issues, tax issues, earmarks, and the war.

  3. Doug Deal says:


    You know where McCain stands until that fateful day that someone shows him the queen of diamonds.

    Do you really think that McCain is anything other than a nutcase? Maybe it’s time to look to one of the lesser tier, and hope harder that Thompson enters the race.

  4. Icarus says:

    As a fellow Thompson supporter (wisher?), Rudy is my second choice.

    Reader’s Digest reason: He’s the only other Republican candidate I think is electable. While he might not advance social conservative issues, I don’t think he’ll do nearly the damage to our goals as Hillary, Barak, or the Breck Girl.

    Just my $.02. Your mileage may vary.

  5. Icarus says:


    GA4Fred.org now has 100 petition signers.

    Chris will need to bring me cookies to the convention.

  6. Joy says:

    I can honestly say that I will not vote for any of the current frontrunners. Voting for any of the top three would leave me with four years of self-loathing. When Fred Thomson gets in the race officially this summer, I’ll rethink that position. If John McCain ends up with the nomination, I’m likely to skip the presidential choice on my ballot in ’08.

  7. DeacfromGA says:

    I don’t get the excitement around Fred. He was a big supporter of McCain-Feingold, which was a horrible piece of legislation.

    That being said, I have a feeling Romney is going to grow in popularity. I love Rudy and I like McCain, but something keeps bringing me back to Mitt.

  8. Bull Moose says:

    Thompson is close to McCain. As recent as January or February he was making fundraising calls on McCain’s behalf.

    Senator McCain is the only real conservative in the race. Period.

    Rudy, Romney, and the rest of the crew all have their positives and negatives, and for me, they are just not my choice to be President.

    McCain is my choice because of his stands on REAL conservative principles that have NEVER waivered like some of the other candidates.

  9. rugby_fan says:

    Doug he has my vote. It has almost the same letters as Peyote and a “y” looks similar to a “v” so it makes him better.

    Even to me that last post makes no sense.

  10. Holly says:

    Bull, I don’t think that’s true. I think there are some good choices who aren’t tier one who are conservative, but no one pays attention to them. I love Duncan Hunter to death, but he’s just not getting the buzz of others.

    I want Fred Thompson to run, but like Erick, my choice is John McCain until Fred joins the race.

    I said something similar over at SavetheGOP the other day, but it’s worth repeating here:

    I don’t agree with everything John McCain does, and there are times where he really irritates me. But something he has that I think the other tier one candidates lack is genuineness. I’d rather vote for someone I didn’t agree with all the time who was sincere in his beliefs than someone who was known for changing his mind to be politically savvy.

  11. bowersville says:

    I’m with Buzz, that was the final straw for me on Rudy. I can’t even hold my nose and do it now. SHillary is more conservative than Rudy.

    If not Fred, it’ll have to be McCain.

  12. Doug Deal says:


    So his stands on “real” conservative issues, like immigration, campain finance reform, and confirmation of conservative judges.

    Yeah, he is terrific.

    If McCain is then best we have, maybe it is time to conceed the race to the Dems.

  13. jsm says:

    “I don’t get the excitement around Fred. He was a big supporter of McCain-Feingold, which was a horrible piece of legislation.”

    With all the fuss over single issue voters, this takes the cake. Thompson just might have seen the error in his support of this bill now that we have a clearer view of its consequences.

  14. JasonW says:

    First off, I’m still officially Undecided. However, I’m also of the Rudy/Thompson leanings. I would NEVER vote for McCain. If he wins the primary, I will be voting Libertarian. McCain is a big whiny baby. I honestly, would like to see a Rudy/Thompson ticket. Two former Federal Prosecutors, a moderate who can win the north, and a conservative who can win the south, and both who are tough as nails, but can still charm even the most skeptical of audiences? What more could one want in a ticket like that. Plus it’s the only sure fire way to beat a Clinton ticket. On Romney, I like the man, and if he wins the nomination, I would vote for him. But, in a General Election, I think he would have a more difficult time winning.

  15. jsm says:

    We all know these videos would be very public if Rudy were to be in the general election. I can’t imagine regular people in middle America dismissing them.

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